Chapter 6:

Six – Normal Tragedy

Normal in Parenthesis—The Old Will and the Dawn to All | Our World


Sunday, the 27th.Bookmark here

The day started with nothing particularly happening. August is about to end and it will probably end with a low note seeing that today is a very plain day.Bookmark here

I guess this is what I get after hanging out the whole day yesterday.Bookmark here

I think this is the first time in a while that the day felt so boring with this kind of dull surroundings. I guess I really am quite an unhappy person with "fun" out of my vocabulary. If I were to apply what I see in colors, I would say anything my eyes caught is lacking vibrance. Bookmark here

But now, I haven’t felt like this in the whole fifteen years of my life. Even though I’m very used to such monotony, why do I now feel that it is boring?Bookmark here

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I should probably clean my room today.Bookmark here

I also forgot to return the books I borrowed from the school library. I hope the school is open today even if it’s Sunday. I have no club assignments to accomplish. I’m running out of things to do.Bookmark here

I just want to end the day right now but I hate Mondays.Bookmark here

I haven’t been to Queen Street after a handful of months now. I guess I’ll take a stroll there after I drop a visit at school. I used to play on that street when I was a kid, although it’s just for a very short time when I was roughly four or five years old.Bookmark here

I however can’t seem to remember the entirety of my time when I was five. I really have a bad memory.Bookmark here

I sometimes take a walk to remind me that I was here and I was there. I wonder how the house of Kuroda's had changed. I used to always take a peek because they had the biggest house and the biggest lawn in the street. They weren’t acquaintances but that family is rich.Bookmark here

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“I didn’t know this was still here.”Bookmark here

While I’m scavenging my cabinet, I saw an old metallic bracelet with my name on it. I felt really infuriated after seeing that bracelet.Bookmark here

I walked out of my room to look for a box I can put things on.Bookmark here

Cleaning is really necessary.Bookmark here

“Dad, is there any boxes lying around? I’m sorting out my stuff in my room right now.”Bookmark here

“There’s a medium one under the sink, I think.Bookmark here

Also, bring me the screwdriver while you’re at it.”Bookmark here

“Got it, thanks.”Bookmark here

I returned to my room carrying a folded cardboard box and a tape to patch up the underside of the box. Don’t want my things falling every time.Bookmark here

Now that I think of it, I have a lot of things lying around that I don’t even use. The bottom drawer of my cabinet is packed with bits and pieces I don’t even remember anymore.Bookmark here

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I finished cleaning my room and am about to carry the box full of rubbish to the bin outside along with the books I borrowed.Bookmark here

“Dad… Hm? He went out huh.Bookmark here

Mom! I’ll head out for a bit! I’m sending the trash to the bin and I’ll get some fresh air.”Bookmark here

“Right. Be back by lunch.”Bookmark here

Even though today is a ‘nothing day’, I didn’t even notice that the weather is great. The sun isn’t that exposed so it’s not that hot. A good weather to take a walk but the day contradicts to it, I suppose.Bookmark here

Yeah, the box was really heavy. Good thing the bin is very close to our house. I guess I should head to the school then.Bookmark here

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Sweet, the school is open today.Bookmark here

“Ah, Kiiro-sen. Good morning.”Bookmark here

“Oh? Morning, Sakato. It’s rare to see you here at such a time.”Bookmark here

“I’m just returning books I borrowed from the library. It's almost overdue. It's not going to take long though.”Bookmark here

“I see.”Bookmark here

“Today’s weather forecast:Bookmark here

We will be having a pleasant weather this morning but expect scattered thunderstorms in the area of the Capital, Cotona and the rest of the central region.Bookmark here

Please bring your umbrellas if ever you’re going out after lunch.”Bookmark here

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“I guess I should get going then, Kiiro-sen. Catch you tomorrow.”Bookmark here

“Then go home before it rains.”Bookmark here

“Ha~i.”Bookmark here

I was enjoying the great weather today, but it seems that it will rain soon. Great. I should go to Queen Street quickly.Bookmark here

“Gin! Going somewhere?”Bookmark here

“Oh, Rin! Uhh… just taking a stroll.”Bookmark here

“…Then see you probably later or tomorrow.”Bookmark here

“See you probably later or tomorrow too.”Bookmark here

For a few days, we have been talking like that since we’re technically neighbors. The two of us sometimes stumble upon each other here and there so we’re just used to seeing each other popping out of nowhere. Our families are good friends that we even eat dinner at each other’s houses sometimes, and then we take turns. Something like a tradition, if I may.Bookmark here

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Huh?Bookmark here

I’m roughly 70 meters away from Queen Street but I can already see trucks passing by there. I wondered if it was a thing already in the past.Bookmark here

I asked a man around the middle age with a grown beard sitting in the waiting station.Bookmark here

“Um… Excuse me, I haven’t been in the area for a while, but are trucks now allowed to use Queen Street and the others?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, kid. It’s been a month like this already.Bookmark here

If I can remember, you’re from White Street. Good for you, trucks doesn’t use that road and it’s very quiet and peaceful. Haha!”Bookmark here

“Yes, I’m from that street.Bookmark here

I’ll be going then.”Bookmark here

I still can’t get enough of the lovely weather today. Too bad it won’t last longer than I expected.Bookmark here

One turn on the right and it will be Queen Street. It sure has changed and did not change at the same time. I remembered that this place is quite a lively place at times before the time of the lunch. It’s still the same as how I thought it would be.Bookmark here

The usual crowds, the best candy store out there, the old but still alive and kicking apple tree and the small piano learning school just around the corner where I loved to stay and listen to the person playing.Bookmark here

Those places sure has not changed one bit.Bookmark here

The quantity of cars has gone higher by a few notches than the last time I went here. This place is close to my house. Why didn’t I even bother taking a visit after the four months of my vacation?Bookmark here

On the right side of the road, the sixth lamppost from the sign of the street was dead and the glass protecting it had cracks the last time I’ve been here. I hope they would have fixed it already.Bookmark here

I guess I’ll go and take a look at it. I better get home earlier even though the sky is still clear. Why is it that this beautiful weather is just very ephemeral-Bookmark here

“Ephemeral, huh…”Bookmark here

Gin stopped at the sidewalk and took a glimpse of the sky. The storm clouds are not yet seen but the clouds right at that time is just as beautiful as it looks.Bookmark here

Being totally absorbed by the scene, as if his senses were turned off, he did not hear what the person behind him shouted.Bookmark here

“H-hey! Watch out!”Bookmark here

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Hm?Bookmark here

Am I seeing things?Bookmark here

Did the time seriously slowed down?Bookmark here

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Well, one thing is for sure. I can look at the clouds while it’s like this.Bookmark here

But the feeling of me floating in thin air is so very realistic. It’s as if I’m floating on the clouds. No, to be more earthly, I would say that what I’m seeing right now is very immersive. I say that but I can’t rotate my head to see what is on my east and west. My peripheral vision will do then.Bookmark here

I don’t remember reaching this point on the street.Bookmark here

As much as I could see, that lamppost is fixed finally.Bookmark here

And why are the cars sounding their horns?Bookmark here

The kids from the other side of the road didn’t see me walking huh. Their movements are in a slow motion so I can only see their smiling faces while running and playing. Be careful, children. Trucks drive in this street.Bookmark here

Oh, look at what I see. The gates of Kuroda household are open. I can see their lawn. Perhaps the grass is just freshly mowed. No need to take a peek from outside then.Bookmark here

The only thing I’m bothered is there are eight people looking at me with a frightened face. I know I’m not good looking, but why to that extent?Bookmark here

There are more people with the same expression actually.Bookmark here

A truck?Bookmark here

Why would they be scared of a normal teenager and a truck? Think Gin, think.Bookmark here

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I can’t describe what I’m physically feeling right now. It’s kind of hazy when I think of it.Bookmark here

Wait, the time is slowed down, but why are the gray clouds already here? It’s about to rain then. I better go home now.Bookmark here

*throb*Bookmark here

Urk… It hurts.Bookmark here

What the… My whole body hurts. What did the apples do to make me feel such pain? It’s getting worse second after second. I got numb just a while ago and now the pain is extreme.Bookmark here

Now, I’m not floating anymore. It’s obvious that you’ll know it quickly while feeling your back hitting the wall.Bookmark here

Wait… wall?Bookmark here

Why am I here?Bookmark here

The time is slowly going back to normal and my vision is getting a little blurry and reddish.Bookmark here

“…re you okay?”Bookmark here

“He…y kid! Hang in there, I’m calling the… ance!”Bookmark here

What?Bookmark here

Look, I’m okay right now. I just need things to sink in to me. I don’t know what’s happening.Bookmark here

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Hey… Can’t you hear me?Bookmark here

Hey.Bookmark here

Hey, everyone…Bookmark here

Hey!Bookmark here

Hey! I’m replying to you! Can’t you hear? I’m shouting from the top of my throat.Bookmark here

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Why.Bookmark here

Why?Bookmark here

Why…Bookmark here

Why can’t you all hear me…Bookmark here

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I am such an idiot. I cannot speak nor shout right now. I don’t know why, but even my throat is in pain. Can I ever speak again? I don’t know what is actually happening. If anyone can just tell what is happening right now.Bookmark here

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Now I can clearly tell. Aside from the rain clouds forming, as clear as a crystal, I can feel that my whole body is throbbing from extreme pain. I’m also slowly losing my consciousness.Bookmark here

I can’t move. My arms, my feet, my head and my fingers—I can’t move an inch using any of them. I’m paralyzed.Bookmark here

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I see now…Bookmark here

My legs are immovable perhaps because of a handful of fractures. I can feel that I broke almost all of my ribs, or rather, I can't feel them at all. My toes are probably destroyed too. My skull might be cracked. But my right arm is probably a goner. I guess the only safe part is my left arm with minimal wounds.Bookmark here

But… why?Bookmark here

*Beeeeeeeep!*Bookmark here

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Now I get it. Queen Street is passable for trucks, and there is a truck touching the post like folded tin can at the back of the people making a fuss.Bookmark here

I’m probably hit by that over-speeding truck and made me flew roughly twenty meters away from it. I probably took a ton of pressure from that and led me to countless fractures all over my body. That’s quite the distance.Bookmark here

What in the world, how am I still able to think of these things this much…Bookmark here

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Finally. I can feel that water is dropping on my hands. The pitters and patters are getting louder and louder. Then there is the crisp lightning and the loud clapping thunder after it.Bookmark here

Rain, I see. Despair, huh…Bookmark here

Hahaha…Bookmark here

I guess this is where… whatever "it" maybe, ends. The destination is just there.Bookmark here

I can see the death’s door. Is this where I close my eyes now? Probably.Bookmark here

I can hardly see and hear.Bookmark here

Mom…Bookmark here

Dad…Bookmark here

Kei…Bookmark here

Anna…Bookmark here

Nagi…Bookmark here

Jean…Bookmark here

Akira…Bookmark here

Shiro…Bookmark here

Rin…Bookmark here

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Grandpa…Bookmark here

All of you, thank you very much and I am very sorry. I guess this is where I meet my end. It hasn’t been a long journey yet. But at least I knew what the purpose of my life is before I go. Bookmark here

All of the memories are worth a while, and I’m happy that at least for a very short time, I started to regain the once vanished happiness I had. I also had regrets that I can’t probably fix anymore. I also know that all of you will forget me when the time comes. I can’t afford to look at your faces if you all see me lying down already. It pains me to be aware that I am leaving now.Bookmark here

Nagi, Jean, Akira…Bookmark here

Sorry.Bookmark here

I haven’t treated you yet at Giotto’s.Bookmark here

Shiro…Bookmark here

I can’t help you anymore at inking.Bookmark here

Rin…Bookmark here

I am very sorry.Bookmark here

You’ll be alone again when you walk to school and you can’t have a ride on my bike anymore.Bookmark here

Grandpa…Bookmark here

Thank you… Thank you for everything that you've done for me. But I'm sorry… you taught me so much about myself, but I don't even know if I should smile or cry at this point…Bookmark here

It hurts and it’s really sad.Bookmark here

But there’s no other choice if this is what it is. I can never turn back time. The world has no powers. It’s all just fiction. I’m also just normal.Bookmark here

Yeah. Normal.Bookmark here

“To me, the word ‘normal’ is normal.”Bookmark here

No one will ever hear that again I guess.Bookmark here

I think it’s time to go…Bookmark here

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Oi.Bookmark here

Where do you think you’re going?Bookmark here

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*beep… beep… beep… beep… beep… beep… beep…*Bookmark here

Huh…?


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That ends chapter 6!Bookmark here

Sorry, it's not going to be Truck-kun's today. No one's going to get isekai'd here.Bookmark here

But as mentioned, the story will now be following a biweekly release. But it really did made this story rather short for only lasting for a few weeks. But indeed, NoFutsuu isn't very long. Being very short doesn't really mean a lot, though!Bookmark here

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